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'New Sciences of Protection: Designing Safe Living'

Date: 4 October - 5 October 2007 Time: 2.00 pm

We are pleased to announce the launch of the Institute for Advanced Studies' Annual Research Programme 2007-08 on the theme of 'New Sciences of Protection: Designing Safe Living' on Thursday and Friday, October 4-5, 2007 in the Institute for Advanced Studies at Lancaster University.

The programme year investigates 'protection' at the intersections of security, sciences, technologies, markets, and design. Protection is at the heart of design, and design is at the heart of the creation of new services, products, and relations. This research programme investigates how the design of objects, systems, places and services engender feelings of safety for individuals and groups. It particularly focuses on the intersection of design and specific sciences and technologies. It asks if engineering, physical, earth, life and social sciences can render our food, our bodies, our environments, and even our futures safe. It considers whether or not contemporary technologies of protection -- like high-pitched sounds designed to discourage teenagers from congregating in public spaces or on-line security practices designed to secure our data and our data doubles -- actually protect 'us'. Or do they merely commodify and/or multiply our fears and anxieties?

A key aim of the research programme is to think about design, protection and safe living in open-ended, conceptually and practically inventive ways. To this end, the workshops, conference, and other activities of the programme bring together designers, artist-writers, policy makers, and regulators, scientist-engineers, social scientists and humanities scholars.

The launch workshop is free and open to the public. Registration is required by Friday 28 September 2007 so that we can ensure adequate seating and catering.

RSVP to Helen Caton ( in the IAS. Please specify if you will be joining us for the buffet dinner on Thursday and/or lunch on Friday.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Cynthia Weber, Adrian MacKenzie, and Mark Lacy -- Programme Organisers

New Sciences of Protection: Designing Safe Living

IAS Annual Research Programme 2007-08

Launch Workshop October 4-5, 2007

Lancaster University, IAS Building, Meeting Room 2-3

Thursday, October 4

14:00-15:00 -- Registration and coffee

15:00-15:10 -- Welcome

Ruth Wodak, Chair of the IAS Academic Board

15:10-15:45 -- Introductory Panel

Cynthia Weber, Adrian MacKenzie, Mark Lacy - Organisers of the

IAS Annual Research Programme 2007-08

15:45-16:00 -- Break

16:00-17:45 -- 'Safe Living' Roundtable

James Wilsdon (Demos/Institute for Advanced Studies)

Rachel Cooper (Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts)

Mick Dillon (Politics & International Relations)

Suzanne Regan (Organisation, Work & Technology)

Imogen Tyler (Sociology/Centre for Women's Studies)

18:00-20:00 -- Wine Reception and Buffet Dinner

Café 21, InfoLab

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Who can attend: Anyone


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Organising departments and research centres: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences


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